About Coming Home.

Tackling the housing crisis together

About Coming Home

The Archbishops’ Commission on Housing, Church and Community was launched in April 2019 with the ambitious remit of re-imagining housing policy and practice. This and future Commissions are independent of the Church of England’s institutions, with the freedom to say whatever they believe is necessary.

As well as making recommendations for Government and other key actors in the housing market, the Commission was tasked with looking at what actions the Church could take, on its own or in partnership with others, to help tackle the crisis at local, regional, and national level.

'Coming Home' is a report commissioned by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York in response to the housing crisis. It sets out vital actions for the Church, Government and other stakeholders with a focus on building better communities and homes, not just houses. 

Exec summary

Download the Executive Summary of the 'Coming Home' report

Full report

Download the full 'Coming Home' report

The 'Coming Home' report

  • Provides a Christian vision for 'good' housing, based around five core values 
  • Applies this vision to reorient the Church's response, addressing how National Church Institutions (NCIs) and Dioceses can be positioned as significant contributors to resolving the crisis by facilitating good housing and creating and sustaining strong communities
  • Equips the Local Church to meet local housing needs and strengthen their communities
  • Offers policy recommendations to Government, the housing sector and other stakeholders so that together we can bring about the necessary change 
London Community Land Trust.

There is a long history of church involvement in housing across all Christian denominations: from almshouses in medieval times and the pioneering work of Christian social activists. This report picks up where others have gone before, examining how that tradition can be revitalised today and become a mainstream part of the Church of England’s mission.

Throughout the last 2 years, the Commission has sought to listen to people at the sharp end of the housing crisis and learn from dioceses and local churches with experience of tackling these issues. It is the hope of the Commission that this report might inspire us all to action in our own contexts and communities.

The report picks up where others have gone before, examining how that tradition can be revitalised today and become a mainstream part of the Church of England’s mission.

The housing crisis is multi-faceted and looks very different depending on who you are and where you live. The Commission heard from people with direct experience of housing problems and from church groups across the country about the issues affecting their local area and about what they are doing to help alleviate its impact on their community. While the housing crisis affects many of us, it does not affect us equally. Those who are already worse off are bearing the brunt.

"At the heart of this report is the idea that simply building more houses – whilst important – is not sufficient to address the prolonged housing issues this country continues to face. We need more truly affordable homes and stronger communities that people can be proud of and where they can feel safe and welcome, put down roots and flourish." 

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York

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